The Texas Rangers season has basically been over since the end of June. Since then they have been focused on seeing what they’ll have for the 2015 season.
Failed experiments: Jon Daniels has tried out several players in the starting rotation this season. He started off by doing what he’s normally done in the past and that is promoting from the bullpen. This year the Texas Rangers tried to move Robbie Ross Jr. and Tanner Scheppers from the bullpen at the start of the season.
The Scheppers experiment turned out to be a disaster and might have lead to him being on the disabled list for a large portion of the season. Robbie Ross had some issues also and he was moved back to the bullpen and finally optioned to the minors. But, the Robbie Ross experiment isn’t over just yet. He was a starter back during his college days and has started to find success with the Rangers triple-A team.
Injuries: The first half of the season was also filled with injuries and another starters that didn’t workout. They were hoping Matt Harrison would be able to come back from back surgery but he ended up having additional issues which required more surgery. Unfortunately it appears his career is likely over. He won’t be part of the Texas Rangers plans for 2015, he if is it’s by virtue of a miracle.
Also, the Rangers tried out Joe Saunders, Tommy Hanson, and a wide range of others in the starting rotation. It hasn’t been until the second half of the season that the starting rotation has finally started to come together.
One name you won’t see in the list is Martin Perez. Perez has been a very good pitcher in the rotation so far for the Texas Rangers. He started off the season looking very good, he even pitched 2 complete game shutouts allowing only 3 hits. But, he ended up going on the disabled list and had to have Tommy John surgery. He won’t likely return until late in the second half of the 2015 season.
Predicting the rotation: With just a little over a month and half left in the season the Rangers are testing out what they have for next season. So who will be in the starting rotation for the 2015 season?